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Psalms Of Salvation & Mercy / Gloriae Dei Cantores


Release Date: 01/24/2006 
Label:  Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog #: 3372   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  William BayleyAlan Stephen HemmingsW. Sterndale BennettW. Russell,   ... 
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anglican chant--a harmonized form of liturgical chanting, primarily of psalms--isn't like anything else in music. Although it's closer in style to speech than traditional monodic Gregorian chant, the harmonizations--and thus the requirement for a particular type of singing ensemble--removes it from the impersonal and functional to the realm of a more artistic, performance-conscious purpose. To sing Anglican chant--and especially to sing it properly--you need a choir of mixed voices who have mastered the myriad aspects and subtleties of phrasing, inflection, articulation, tonal balances, dynamics, and the often debatable rules of pointing, not to mention the necessities of coordinating with the supporting--and sometimes ornamented--organ Read more accompaniment. Outside of British record shops or cathedral gift stores, you rarely see a recording of real live Anglican chant--certainly not on this side of the Atlantic--so it's refreshing to discover that the very fine Massachusetts-based Gloriae Dei Cantores, known for its many Gregorian chant recordings (among many other choral-music projects), has undertaken a three-volume series to explore, and hopefully expose new listeners to, this exceptional, unique, and affecting body of liturgical music.


There are 22 psalm settings covered here, by a wide range of composers writing in predominantly traditional styles--in other words, this volume doesn't contain any of the more recently-composed or harmonically "adventurous" settings some listeners will be familiar with. What we do get is the essence of Anglican chant sound and style--and thanks to the superb efforts of this very sensitive, responsive choir, its knowing director, and a pair of first-rate organists, we experience something of the uniquely expressive power inherent in this manner of psalm-singing, which in its most accomplished form allows phrases to flow and important individual words their full presence and meaning.


I was happy to hear several of my favorite settings--especially the Wesley for Psalms 42 and 43, the Goss for Psalm 11, and Aylward for Psalm 138--as well as many beautiful unfamiliar ones. I only wish that the choir and organ were recorded in a more favorable--that is, less noisy--acoustic. Perhaps a bit more distance, or a slight dampening or reconfiguring of the live, resonant space would help. At any rate, it's a treat to hear this music so well realized and enthusiastically sung (supported by some very nice organ work). I'm looking forward to volume 2!
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
I will cry unto God with my voice by William Bayley
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
2.
Lord, thou art become gracious unto thy land by Alan Stephen Hemmings
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
3.
When I was in trouble, I called upon the Lord by W. Sterndale Bennett
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
4.
Unto thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul by W. Russell
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
5.
Hear Me Crying, O God by Charles Harford Lloyd
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
6.
Lord, remember David by Sir George Elvey
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
7.
Haste thee, O God by William Hine
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
8.
Out of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord by Charles Hylton Stewart
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
9.
O Lord, rebuke me not in thine indignation by Thomas Purcell
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
10.
Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks by Samuel Wesley
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
11.
Give sentence with me, O God by Samuel Wesley
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Classical 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
12.
Have mercy upon me, O God, after thy great goodness by William Morley
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
13.
Psalm 49 "O hear ye this, o ye people" by Thomas Attwood Walmisley
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
14.
Save me, O God by Charles Hylton Stewart
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
15.
By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept by Charles Hylton Stewart
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
16.
Hear my prayer, O Lord by Charles MacPherson
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
17.
I will give thanks unto Thee, O Lord by Theodore Aylward
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Classical 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
18.
How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord by Charles Hylton Stewart
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
19.
Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer by H. S. Oakelay
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
20.
In the Lord put I my trust by John Goss
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Period: Romantic 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 
21.
Blessed is he whose unrighteousness is forgiven by J. Jones
Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Steve Colby.
Audio Producers: Elizabeth C. Patterson; Richard K. Pugsley. 

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